As the Los Angeles Lakers fall further from playoff contention, the focus of our podcasts has started to shift towards yet another absolutely critical offseason — and one in which the front office will have very little patience to work with from the fan base.
In this episode, Jas Kang is joined by Hoop Mag/NBA Canada writer Josh Eberley. With the Lakers putting LeBron James on a minute restriction going forward, how will the team finish the season? Josh and Jas then get into LeBron passing the great Michael Jordan for fourth on the all-time scoring list. After that, the guys talk about what the front office can do to fix the roster and discuss possible replacements for Luke Walton next season.
Locked on Lakers
Pete and I start today’s episode by crediting Alex Caruso, Jonathan Williams, Moe Wagner and Josh Hart for epitomizing the type of culture the Lakers claim to be interested in building. Unfortunately, it’s hard to take Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka particularly seriously about that culture when Rajon Rondo went unpunished for the stunt he pulled as the game came to a close. Both Pete and I think he should’ve been waived for that (and for not being very good at basketball).
In the second and third segments, we look ahead to this offseason by focusing on the lessons they have to learn from this season’s disaster. It all really starts with having the humility to admit fault in the moves they made after signing LeBron. Without that, well, there’s just no way they’ll be able to adjust their thinking.
This was a really fun and productive conversation. There’s been a ton of finger pointing with very little to offer in terms of solutions. Kudos to Pete for finding a way to offer the latter, too. Our full conversation can be listened to below. Make sure to subscribe on iTunes, where you can also leave questions in the form of a five-star review to guarantee your topic makes the show.